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6 Need-To-Know Facts About Mental Health

This is a contributed post. However, all opinions expressed in this post are based on my personal view.

We all need to ensure that we are taking care of our own mental health and helping with the mental health of those around us. But in order to do this as effectively as possible, it is a good idea if you have some kind of notion of mental health in itself - what it really is and how it really functions. A lot of people have their half-baked ideas, but what’s the truth? To help you get more acquainted with your own mental health, we are going to take a look through a few need-to-know facts about mental health in general. These are likely to prove useful at some point or another for everyone.


There Are Some Common Warning Signs

Whatever kind of baseline mental health you have as an individual, there is always the possibility that you might have some trouble with it in your life at some point. Knowing the common warning signs can really help you to stay on top of your own mental health in a much more powerful way. Some of the most common signs include sleep or appetite changes, mood swings, withdrawing into oneself, overthinking about problems, being nervous in everyday situations, and feeling a lot of fear. You might also have physical pains sometimes.

Around Half Of People Experience Depression

Depression is arguably the single most common mental health issue in the world, with around half of the global population being likely to experience it regularly. Despite this, it is still not as well-understood as we would hope, which is why it is still being researched a lot all the time. Because around half of the people experience depression, there is a good chance that you are going to be affected by it either directly or indirectly in your life. That is something that is worth bearing in mind, especially if you ever find yourself thinking that mental health is an issue only some people have.

It Often Gets Worse Before It Gets Better

As with many other kinds of illness and other problems in life, when you have a mental health problem it is often viable to get worse before it gets better. Sometimes, it gets a whole lot worse. If your mental health issues go hand in hand with you being on a heroin detox or coming off of alcohol, for instance, then you are going to have a period of withdrawal before you start to recover. But just knowing that things often worsen before they improve can help you when you are going through those dark times to hold on, so this is something that is worth bearing in mind.

Genes And Environment Both Play A Role

You are certainly going to be more likely to get mental health problems if you have particular genes that predispose you in that way, but it’s important to remember that environment is just as important in all this too. In fact, often it can be even more important, so you need to make sure that you are aware of this as it can affect how you approach your own self-care and your approach to mental health. Sometimes the most important thing is that you are able to get out of a bad situation.

Mental Health Disorders Vary

It can be tempting to throw all mental health disorders into one box, but the truth is that they vary and differ so much that you are not going to get much done that way, and you certainly won’t come to understand mental health disorders better by doing this. They vary greatly, and it’s important that they are each respected as their own specific issue which needs to be dealt with in a slightly different way each time. As long as you make a point of doing that, you should find that you are going to know how to deal with mental illnesses a lot better, whether in yourself or someone else.

Therapy Can Help Everyone

No matter who you are, whether your experience of mental health is wholly good or whether there are some dark patches, there is a very good chance that therapy can help you out in some way or another. Just going to a weekly therapy session for six months can make a drastic difference to your life, and it’s something that you are going to want to think about if you are keen to improve your experience generally. At times you might find that therapy alone is not enough - but it is going to be helpful for pretty much anyone on the planet.


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